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Today's News

  • Year in Review

    A struggling economy continued to be one of the top stories in Vandalia and Fayette County, as the area lost more jobs and the county dealt with financial matters for most of 2012.
    A look back at 2012 begins in this issue with the first six months of the year.
    January
    • About six months after an Illinois State Police investigation, St. Elmo librarian Terri E. Gillespie was arrested on theft charges.  Gillespie was charged with two counts, one alleging the theft of up to $500,000 in library funds and the other alleging the theft of up to $100,000.

  • Council to vote on putting electric aggregation on ballot

    The Vandalia City Council is expected to consider at its next meeting that could possibly lead to lower electrical rates for city residents.
    The council is scheduled to vote at its Jan. 7 meeting on an ordinance amendment that would putan electric aggregation referendum before voters.
    If the council approves that amendment, residents will vote on the electric aggregation issue at the April 9 consolidated election.
    City officials discussed the issue at last week’s meeting after a presentation of electric aggregation by Steve Bryant of Good Energy.

  • Honor Roll

    Cowden-Herrick High School
    High Honors
    Sophomores – Carson Lorton, Jensyn Morrison and Hanna Christine Senteney.
    Juniors – Colton Evans, Alicia Hadley and Bailey Rueff.
    Seniors – Rachel Allen, Angelica Beck, Kimberly Cushing and Taylor Edwards.
    Honors
    Freshman – Elizabeth Reed.
    Sophomores – Bailey Michelle Allen, Dakota Fouts, Ariel Heiserman, Shelby LeeAnn Jones, Jacob Douglas Mays and Alexandra Suzanne Smith.

  • School Briefs

    Hollinshead named
    to MVC dean's list

    Jada Hollinshead of Farina has been named to the fall 2012 dean's list at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.
    To qualify for the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.3, complete 12 hours, and not have a D, F or "incomplete" grade.

    Alternative
    Education
    holiday schedule

    Alternative Education Programs classes will not be held from Monday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 4.

  • VCHS State Scholars

    The Illinois State Scholars at Vandalia Community High School are shown here.

    In front, from left, are Makenzie Roberts, Amanda Jourdan, Makayla Summers and Heidi Goldsmith. In back are Jeff Bradley, Michael Campbell, Austyn Krueger and Michael Wells.

  • Methodist Men Distribute Coats & Shoes

    The Methodist Men of Vandalia were at Vandalia Elementary School on Tuesday for their annual distribution of coats and shoes to help families and students in the area.

    Present for the gift-giving were David Dugan, Jim Staff, Jeff Endres, Mike Baker and Brent Hunter. Coats, shoes, hats and gloves were distributed to 55 students. In the first photo, Dugan helps Haley Fender with a new pair of shoes. In the second photo, Endres (foreground), Dugan and Hunter (background, at right) present gifts to Kaci Turner, Kyli Sidwell and Chase Bunyard.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Graduation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the graduation of Nathan Jacquin, (fiancé of Mahala Harpster) from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday.
    Following the ceremony, the Harpster and Jacquin families went to dinner.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 212.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy Meets the Welcoming Committee
    On the advice of Tammie Rogers,  Bill’s puppy, “Katy,” is spending her evenings and nights in the house. (So much for the “We are not going to have another indoor dog” vow we took).  
    As she participated in the “Callie ran 15 feet up a tree and couldn’t get back down” episode, Callie does not hold out the paw of friendship to Katy.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, December 19
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, December 20
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two girls grew up in the Pittsburg area.